music preview: The Rentals at The Middle East Thursday May 21



fronted by ex-Weezer bassist/vocalist Matt Sharp. Various band members since its inception in the mid-90s. The band broke up in 1999 and re-formed in 2005. New album released last summer.


Generally upbeat, catchy alt-rock/ surf-rock songs. compositions revolving around Moog synthesizer. male/female vocals. sometimes sounds darker like Echo and the Bunnymen and sometimes sounds like The Breeders.


Return of the Rentals (Maverick Records, 1995)
Seven More Minutes (Maverick Records, 1999)
Lost in Alphaville (Polyvinyl Records, 2014).


ON TOUR now. Playing The Middle East, Cambridge, Mass on Thursday, May 21

Tour Dates:

SAT 16 MAY–Bottom Lounge–Chicago, IL, US

MON 18 MAY–The Loving Touch–Ferndale, MI, US

TUE 19 MAY–Lee’s Palace–Toronto, ON, Canada

WED 20 MAY–Théâtre Fairmount–Montreal, QC, Canada

THU 21 MAY–The Middle East Downstairs–Cambridge, MA, US

FRI 22 MAY–Music Hall of Williamsburg–Brooklyn, NY, US

SAT 23 MAY–Rock & Roll Hotel–Washington, DC, US

MON 25 MAY–Mercy Lounge–Nashville, TN, US

TUE 26 MAY–The Masquerade – Hell Stage–Atlanta, GA, US

WED 27 MAY–One Eyed Jacks–New Orleans, LA, US

THU 28 MAY–Walter’s Downtown–Houston, TX, US

FRI 29 MAY–Club Dada–Dallas, TX, US

SAT 30 MAY–The Parish–Austin, TX, US

TUE 2 JUNE–The Crescent Ballroom–Phoenix, AZ, US

WED 3 JUNE–The Bunkhouse Saloon– Las Vegas, NV, US

THU 4 JUNE—Irenic–San Diego, CA, US

FRI 5 JUNE–El Rey Theatre–Los Angeles, CA, US

SAT 6 JUNE–Constellation Room at the Observatory–Santa Ana, CA, US

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